May 2017 Hilton Head Calendar of Events

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2017 Ride of Silence: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, Street Meet parking lot in Port Royal Plaza, 95 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island. The Hilton Head Island annual Ride of Silence honors those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. The ride is a silent procession, sponsored locally by Kickin’ Asphalt Bicycle Club and is part of an international observance. This year’s ride has special meaning because of the 11 cyclists who were killed in Beaufort County last year. To participate, arrive with a bicycle, helmet (mandatory), lights (recommended) and black armband. There will be a ceremony, sign-in and safety briefing between 6:30 and 7 p.m. The first 50 riders to register will receive a free gift. The 9-mile police escorted ride rolls out promptly at 7 p.m. while a member of the Savannah Pipes and Drums plays “Amazing Grace.” Visit for more details.


sistersact“Sister Act”: 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through May 21, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. “Sister Act” is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash that The New York Post calls "ridiculously fun!” This comedy like “nun-other” tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe Las Vegas diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look — a convent. Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. Tickets are $57 for adults and $39 for children and are available by calling the box office at 843-842-2787 or going to


VIM HHI William P. Stevens Pro-Am Golf Classic: Monday, May 1, May River Golf Course. Treat yourself to the ultimate golf paradise at the 23rd VIM Pro-Am Golf Classic at the May River Golf Club in Palmetto Bluff. An awards celebration in the clubhouse will immediately follow play. For information, contact or go to


Lowcountry Ladies Luncheon: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, R Bar and Grill, 70 Pennington Drive, Bluffton. A lunch will be served at noon with ample time for mingling and meeting new friends. Local women business owners will have displays and guests will have time for shopping before and after lunch and will hear short presentations from each display vendor. This event is intended to help support local businesses, so plan on shopping for your special Mother’s Day gifts! Bringing business cards for networking and prize drawings is highly recommended. Registration is now open and seating is limited. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online. Contact Laurie Brown at for additional information.


WAHHI Luncheon: 11 a.m. social hour, noon lunch, Wednesday, May 3, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, Shipyard Plantation. Join the celebration as Youth Service Award winners and WAHHI Charitable Fund grant recipients are announced. Master of ceremonies will be Hilton Head’s own Reggie Deas, lead vocalist of Deas-Guys, and director of personnel for the Beaufort County Public Schools. Joining him will be Rachel Wyatt, Miss South Carolina and runner up to Miss America. For more information, visit


Palmetto Plant Eaters Club Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. The Palmetto Plant Eaters Club, a PlantPure Nation pod group that meets monthly (free and open to the public) to teach and support plant-based eating, will be hosting Carolyn Lee as its guest speaker She will be discussing how to make homemade kombucha and the many health benefits of drinking kombucha. Learn more about the Palmetto Plant Eaters at

MAY 3-4

Hearts Open Golf-a-Thon: Wednesday, May 3, and Thursday, May 4, Haig Point Club, 10 Haig Point Court, Hilton Head Island. Swing into action for hospice care and a chance to win $10,000. Join the Golf-a-Thon for Hospice Care of the Lowcountry that includes 18 holes on the exclusive Haig Point Signature Course, a Wednesday night party, breakfast and awards lunch, and tee gifts valued at $150. For more information, visit

MAY 3-4

“The Wizard of Oz” Pre-Audition Workshops: 4:30-6 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, and Thursday, May 4, Palmetto Hall Golf Club Ballroom, Hilton Head Island. These pre-audition workshops will give young actors the opportunity to give mock vocal and dance auditions Cold reads will also be practiced if time permits. These workshops are the perfect way for young actors to learn about the audition process and familiarize themselves with other actors that they will be working with. For questions, email


David Yurman Special Event at Forsythe Jewelers: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 4, Forsythe Jewelers, 71 Lighthouse Road, The Shops at Sea Pines Center. Join Forsythe Jewelers for a David Yurman special event. Visit for more information, or call 843-671-7070.


May the Fourth: 4 p.m. Thursday, May 4, Bluffton Library, 120 Palmetto Way. Jedis of all ages, join the resistance against the dark side! Play video games, eat snacks, make crafts and watch a movie. Free. For more information, go to or contact or 843-255-6510


Disease Prevention: 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 4, Hilton Head Library. A chiropractor provides lifestyle tips to remain in optimum health. Free and open to the public. Visit or contact Lauren Read at 843-255-6531 or for more information.


Heritage Library Free Research Sites: 1-3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4, Beaufort branch of the Heritage Library, 1501 Bay St., Beaufort. Want to flesh out your family tree? Come learn about some online resources that may help you fill in your family puzzle and add “life” to your tree. Register online at or call 843-379-1550.

MAY 4-5

Tennis Technology Conference: Thursday, May 4, and Friday, May 5, Marriott Resort Hilton Head Island. The Tennis Technology Conference will feature interactive sessions covering the latest developments in products and software to help tennis coaches and club directors and managers to integrate this technology to run their businesses more effectively.  Some of the topics that will be covered include: software integration for clubs; digital marketing; match analysis video software; teaching apps; green initiatives; on-court technology; racquet technology with software integration and more. The expo will allow coaches to learn about the various products and find what will work best for their specific needs and budget. There will be the opportunity to demo on court as well. Show Specials will offer great discounts to attendees. For additional information and registration, please visit


Art ExhibitionArt League of Hilton Head presents the 25th “Biennale,” National Juried Art Exhibition: opening reception and awards ceremony, 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 5, Art League of Hilton Head Gallery, located inside the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane. Representing 100 artists from 25 states, including South Carolina, “Biennale 2017” promises to be a showcase of exemplary artwork. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, May 2-31, and 90 minutes before all arts center performances. For more information call  843-681-5060 or visit A Critic’s Coffee event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 6. Cost is $10. “Biennale” judge Susan Mayfield will host a three-day workshop, “Painting a Dynamic Landscape,” from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 2-4 at Art League Academy. For more information, call 843-842-5738 or email

MAY 5-6

“The Wizard of Oz” Auditions: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday May 5, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, Palmetto Hall Golf Club Ballroom, Hilton Head Island. For auditions, please have prepared 16 bars (approximately 30 seconds) of music. Music does not need to be memorized, but it helps. Music will be performed without accompaniment, but does not have to be from a Broadway show. We want to see actors show off their voices in whatever way that they find suitable. Music auditions will be followed by small group dance auditions. Actors will be taught 16 bars of a dance and asked to perform it in groups of five to 10. We do not expect perfection on these dances, but we do expect energy and effort. For questions, email


The Salty Dog Derby Party: 4 p.m. May 6, The Salty Dog Cafe, 232 S. Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island. All the fun of Derby Day, with the added bonus of being on the docks and taking in gorgeous water views. We'll have all your Derby favorites: Hot Browns, mint juleps, and bourbon specials. For details, go to

MAY 6-7

The Hilton Head Island Boat Show: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 6, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 7, Windmill Harbour Marina, 161 Harbour Psge, Hilton Head Island. The Hilton Head Island Boat Show is a rare chance to experience the waterfront lifestyle of Windmill Harbour. Among the many highlights and attractions are over 60 boats, including sailboats and powerboats, varying in size from ten to seventy feet. Tented vendors will be positioned around the marina, selling marine services, insurance and financing as well as complimentary lifestyle goods. Activities are scheduled throughout each day of the show, including live music, clinics, games, book signings, special guests and a Kentucky Derby Cocktail Party on Saturday night. For more information, visit


“Through My Eyes…” Photography Exhibit Show: opening reception 3-5 p.m. Sunday, May 7, SoBA Gallery, 6 Church St., Old Town Bluffton. The Society of Bluffton Artists welcomes featured artist Kendra Natter, whose photography will exhibit from May 1 to June 4 at the SoBA Gallery. These events are free and open to the public. Visit for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843-247-2868.


Memorial Garden

16th annual Children’s Memorial Garden Ceremony: 4-5 p.m. Sunday May 7, 25 Hospital Center Blvd., Hilton Head Island, front campus. Please join the Hospital Auxiliary, Hilton Head Hospital and co-founders Julie Feldman and Amy Metzger at the16th annual ceremony for The Children’s Memorial Garden. Reservations are not necessary and refreshment will be served. For more information, call Amy at 843-384-2859 or Julie at 843-298-1967.


Doggie Carnival: noon-4 p.m. Sunday, May 7, Forsyth Park, Savannah. This family- and canine-friendly festival features fun for everyone. Admission to the carnival is free and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society for Greater Savannah. Dogs can partake in the doggie derby, doggie agility equipment, paw print art, pet paint, doggie pools, tests to see if they would do well as emotional support dogs, doggie and me photo booths, dog treat decorating, doggie fortune telling, doggie ice cream and much more. There will be food trucks and beer available for sale. For information, contact or visit


“The Wizard of Oz” Callbacks: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, May 8, Palmetto Hall Golf Club Ballroom on Hilton Head Island. Any actor given a callback will be emailed a piece from the show to prepare. Actors will also be given sides from the script for cold reads in groups. Any actor at a callback is being considered for a lead role and is expected to perform their song and cold reads in front of their peers. If you do not receive a callback, do not assume that you will not be cast. We are only calling back for a few roles. The cast will be announced shortly following the callbacks. It will be posted on Facebook and on the website.

MAY 8-22

Pottery Studio: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesday, May 8-22, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. In this “open studio”-style hand-building pottery course, participants ages 13 and up will get to select their own projects from a variety of functional and sculptural choices and will complete several works of art with the guidance of an instructor. Both beginner and experienced potters are welcome. On the last day, we will glaze our creations, which will be ready for pickup by May 26. Tuition is $150 and includes materials. For more information, contact or visit


Consumer Law Clinic: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, Hilton Head Library. A local lawyer hosts a lecture and Q&A on credit cards, loans and more. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Priscilla Pomazal at 843-255-6524 or

MAY 9, 15, 26, 30

LEGO Robotics: 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 15, 11 a.m. Friday, May 26, and 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 30. Bluffton Library, 120 Palmetto Way. Build and program robots with our LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits. For ages 7-12, and admission is free. For more information, visit or contact at or 843-255-6510.

MAY 10

Colors of Spring Trunk Show: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, Optical Solutions, 10 Hospital Center Commons, Suite 100, Hilton Head Island. Spring-themed refreshments will be served. Eco frames are made from bio-based and recycled materials, and MODO specializes in paper-thin, lightweight titanium frames. With every purchase of an Eco frame, a tree is planted in a deforested area. For every MODO frame sold, a pair of glasses is donated to a child in need. To get 50 percent off frames, purchase a complete pair of glasses (frame and lenses). For more information, call 843-681-6682.

MAY 10

Liberal Men of the Lowcountry: noon, Wednesday, May 10, the Golf Club at Indigo Run, 101 Berwick Drive. Speaker will be David Lauderdale a senior editor and columnist at The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette, speaking on local issues of interest and the media in today’s political climate. Lunch is $20. To attend, contact Richard Hammes at

MAY 10

Full Moon Shore Explore: 8-9:30 p.m. Wednesday May 10, Sea Pines Resort, 32 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island. Discover our beaches under a full moon. Search for nocturnal life, including ghost crabs and other sea creatures, which scurry throughout our dunes and surf systems. Reservations required; contact 843-842-1979. Cost is $16 for adults and $11 for children ages 12 and younger. For additional information, visit

MAY 10

Sip & Shop at Abode: 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, Abode, 6 State of Mind St., Bluffton. Join Abode for wine and mingle with a designer and artist as you shop. Door prizes will be awarded hourly and all attendees will receive a gift. For additional details, visit or call 843-815-3322.

MAY 10 - 12

Mastering SkiesSoBA Class“Mastering Skies and Reflections”: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, and  Friday, May 12, SoBA Center for Creative Arts next door to the SoBA Gallery at 8 Church  St., Bluffton. The workshop begins with an iPad step-by-step presentation showing a progression of painting techniques from start to finish. You’ll begin your painting with an initial charcoal drawing, followed by a color wash applied over the image. Starting with shadow colors, you’ll begin blocking in your painting, then progressing dark to light to completion. Building final layers of color and avoiding muddy mixtures, you’ll achieve fresh, bright color while capturing depth, drama and mood to your work. To register for the class, call 843-247-2868 or go to

MAY 10 & 17

ArtStart: 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays, May 10 and 17, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane. These art classes for ages 2-5 are designed to help children develop fine motor skills and encourage creativity through the visual arts.  Students will learn color and shape recognition, how to use art tools, and a variety of other concepts while expressing themselves using an array of media and methods. Tuition is $15 per class and children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact or visit

MAY 11

Dreaming of Home Gala: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, May 11, Hampton Hall Clubhouse, 170 Hampton Hall Blvd., Bluffton. Join in the vision that “every child will have a home” while enjoying an evening of live entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $90. For more information, go to, call 843-815-4211 or email

MAY 11

Conversation Café: 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, May 11, Hilton Head Library. Talk with neighbors about things that matter over a cup of coffee or tea.  Sessions are open, hosted, drop-in conversations among people with diverse views and a shared passion for engaging with others. This is the inaugural meeting of a monthly program. May’s topic: What is the role of literature — especially fiction — in our lives? What does reading novels do for us emotionally? Spiritually? Politically? Creatively? Free; for more information, contact Lauren Read at 843-255-6531, or

MAY 11

Researching Military Records in Fold3: 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, Beaufort branch of the Heritage Library, 1501 Bay St., Beaufort. Research with records from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War and Indian War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, as well as some non-military collections. Register online at or call 843-379-1550.

MAY 11-12

Thomas Pinck Launch & Trunk Show: noon-2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 11, and Friday, May 12, J. Costello Gallery, 8 Archer Road, Hilton Head Island. Ginny Lovelace, founder of Thomas Pinck, will debut her collection of rare coin jewelry at the gallery. Come by to shop, meet Lovelace, and learn more about the inspiration behind Thomas Pinck. Free. For information, call 843-686-6550 or visit

MAY 11-14

"Pop Goes The Music!": 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, May 11, 12, and 13, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14, Magnolia Hall, 114 Sun City Lane. The Sun City Chorus and Concert Band proudly presents "Pop Goes The Music!" Come and hear these talented musicians as they bring you the music you know and love, from Jersey Boys to Abba to Simon and Garfunkle. Tickets are $23 and may be purchased at Magnolia Hall in Sun City from 9-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 843-368-3153 or emailing Any remaining tickets will be available one hour before show time if available. The public is welcome.

MAY 11 & 25

Horseshoe Crabs: Living Fossils: 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 11, and Thursday, May 25. The Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive. Discover the biology, behavior and importance of the American Horseshoe Crab. These one-hour special presentations are coordinated in conjunction with horseshoe crab spawning season. After this indoor presentation, you will be provided with information about where you can find spawning horseshoe crabs, and begin your quest to find horseshoe crabs spawning just hours after the presentation. Space is limited and reservations are required. Cost is $7 per person, ages 9 and older only. Reservations may be made by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223.  

MAY 12-14

Tennis Boot Camp: 3-5 p.m. Friday, May 12; 9 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 13; and 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, May 14; Sea Pines Resort, 32 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island. Ten hours of drills and instruction will assist you in getting back into tournament shape. For ages 17 and older. NTRP 4.0 and up, 6-to-1 student/teacher ratio. Cost is $300 for the weekend. For additional information, visit

MAY 13


MayFest: 39th annual Bluffton Village Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 13, Calhoun Street, Old Town Bluffton. Originally called MayFest, the 39th annual Bluffton Village Festival is the Saturday before Mother's Day every year. A street fair full of arts and crafts, food vendors and live music. Special featured contests are the Ugly Dog Contest and Pie-Eating Contest. For more information, go to

MAY 13

Big Screen Matinee: 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, Hilton Head Library. Enjoy the town’s free big screen at our monthly showings with refreshments.  The library has selected a war film to mark Memorial Day. Come see the true story of a conscientious objector who was awarded the Medal of Honor. This film took home two Oscars this year. Check our website for the title. Rated R. Free. For more information, contact Lauren Read at 843-255-6531, or

MAY 13

The Salty Dog 30th Birthday Bash: 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13, The Salty Dog Cafe, 232 S. Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island. The Salty Dog Cafe is turning 30! Since 1987, the restaurant has been serving up great food and fun for all ages. Now it’s ready to celebrate. For details, visit

MAY 14

Helping Parents Heal: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 14, Seaquins Ballroom, 1300 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. Monthly meetings of this nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting parents who have lost children, giving them support and resources to aid in the healing process. For more information, contact Irene Vouvalides at 201-233-6015 or email

MAY 17

2017 Ride of Silence: 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, May 17, Street Meet parking lot in Port Royal Plaza, 95 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island.The Hilton Head Island annual Ride of Silence honors those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. The ride is a silent procession, sponsored locally by Kickin’ Asphalt Bicycle Club and is part of an international observance. This year’s ride has special meaning because of the 11 cyclists who were killed in Beaufort County last year. To participate, arrive with a bicycle, helmet (mandatory), lights (recommended) and black armband. There will be a ceremony, sign-in and safety briefing between 6:30 and 7 p.m. The first 50 riders to register will receive a free gift. The 9-mile police escorted ride rolls out promptly at 7 p.m. while a member of the Savannah Pipes and Drums plays “Amazing Grace.” Visit for more details.

MAY 18

Palmetto Quilt Guild Monthly Meeting: 1 p.m. Thursday, May 18, Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort, 40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island. Guests are welcome. The program for May will feature Susan Gatewood. The focus of her program is a display of her works — a trunk show — and sharing her adventures in quilting. For more information, go to For questions, call 304-543-6529.

MAY 18

Tech FestDon Ryan Center for Innovation “Tech Fest”: 5-7 p.m. Thursday May, 18, outdoors at the Don Ryan Center for Innovation’s temporary headquarters, located in Buckwalter Place, adjacent to the Bluffton Police Department. The event, which is free and open to the public, will provide the community with an unprecedented look at the innovative teaching techniques happening at local schools and will gather the region’s innovators for an evening celebrating technology in the classroom — and beyond. Attendees will also have the opportunity to sample food from food trucks It’s Only Fair, Downtown Curbside Kitchen and Joe Loves Lobster Rolls. For more information about the Don Ryan Center for Innovation and Tech Fest, visit

MAY 18

Writing Your Family Narrative Using Microsoft Word: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, Beaufort branch of the Heritage Library, 1501 Bay St., Beaufort. Have you wanted to write your family’s story, but didn’t know where to start? This class is for you. Register online at or call 843-379-1550.

MAY 18-21

South Carolina Youth Leadership Conference: May 18-21, University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Hilton Head Gateway Campus, 1 University Blvd., Bluffton. The South Carolina Youth Leadership Conference is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to enhancing the leadership potential of students in South Carolina through an annual conference. It is designed to ensure their practice of leadership in a meaningful and useful way in their schools and the communities in which they live. For more information, visit

MAY 19

Silent Movie Night at First Presbyterian Church: 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway. Enjoy Buster Keaton’s “The General,” an action-adventure silent movie made in 1926, with organ accompaniment by Chad Martin. The movie is often ranked among the greatest American films ever made and is based on the Great Locomotive Chase, a true story from the Civil War. The movie is free and sponsored by First Presbyterian Church and the American Guild of Organists. For additional information, call 843-681-3696 or visit

MAY 19-21

Stan Smith Super Series: May 19-21, Sea Pines Resort, 32 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island. Join Stan Smith, Sea Pines Resort’s touring professional, past champion of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and former U.S. Olympic men’s coach, and his staff for a fun-filled weekend. The class will feature video analysis of your serve, stroke and strategy instruction, footwork and many practice drills. Reservations are required; contact 843-363-4495. Cost is $305 for adults. For additional information, visit

MAY 20

Garden TourAll Saints 30th annual Garden Tour: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 20, All Saints Episcopal Church, 3001 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island. Experience a tour of several beautiful gardens on and near Hilton Head Island, a delicious luncheon, two Master Gardeners on site to answer questions, original artwork for sale, beautiful hand-crafted wares, homemade baked goods, live music and an opportunity for fellowship with friends. Tickets are $35 and include lunch at the church, a boutique, vendors and live music. For more information, call 843-689-9495.

MAY 20

The Salty Dog Cafe Preakness Party: 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20, The Salty Dog Cafe, 232 S. Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island. Join the The Salty Dog Cafe for its Preakness Party. For more information, visit

MAY 20

ribkingThe 21st annual Rib Burnoff and Barbecue Fest: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, rain or shine. Professional South Carolina Barbecue Association-certified judges will direct the blind judging to pick the Judge’s Award winners, and festivalgoers will vote for the popular vote winners. Beer, wine, soda, hot dogs and ice cream will also be available for purchase. There are a limited number of corporate sponsorships available, which include 20 tickets to the event. Advance tickets will be sold at several local businesses at a reduced price of $15. Tickets at the gate are $20. For general information, contact Bill Haley at, or Jim Gant at for information on participating as a cook.  

MAY 23

Mad Hatter Tea Party: 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, Bluffton Library, 120 Palmetto Way.Don’t be late for this very important date! Join us for Wonderland snacks, crafts, and games. For ages 5 and older. Free. For additional information, call 843-255-6510, contact K. Baxter at or go to

MAY 23

I.D. Theft Can Happen to You!: 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, Hilton Head Library. The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs offers tips on how to protect yourself. Free. For more information, contact Priscilla Pomazal at 843-255-6524, or


Forest Preserve Wagon Journey: 5-6:30 p.m.Tuesdays through May 23; Sea Pines Resort, 32 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island. Sit back, relax and experience the animals and plant life of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Reservations are required; contact 843-842-1979. Cost is $17 for adults, and $14 for children ages 12 and younger. For additional information, visit

MAY 23

Camera Club of Hilton Head Island Meeting: 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23,Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 2 Matthews Court, Hilton Head Island. Guest Speaker will be Rebecca Nolan. She has been documenting the transformation of the American roadside since 1999. She has lived in Savannah for the past 15 years and has also lived in many areas of the U.S. This month, she will be speaking about place, culture, society, environment, and how these concepts influence us as individuals. Over the past several years, Nolan has photographed all of U.S. 80, which starts just east of Savannah and ends in San Diego. Free, and newcomers and guests are welcome. Visit for more information.

MAY 25

Preservation Symposium

Preservation Symposium Sponsored by Town of Bluffton: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, Town Hall Auditorium, 20 Bridge St., Bluffton. May is National Preservation Month, with the theme “This Place Counts.” In conjunction, the town of Bluffton is sponsoring its second annual Preservation Symposium, with the Bluffton Historic Preservation Society sponsoring the reception at The Pine House immediately following. For more information, call Joan Heyward at 912-441-0119.

MAY 25

Tea and Sympathy: Thursday, May 25, Beaufort branch of the Heritage Library, 1501 Bay St., Beaufort. Are you stuck? Join the volunteers of the Heritage Library for a group discussion to solve your "brick wall." Every researcher reaches that place in your family tree that no longer leads to the next generation. That's the point when others can offer a resource you haven't tried, give you tips for searching in different databases, etc. If we can't solve your issue, at least we can offer some light refreshments and our deepest sympathy! Visit for more information.

MAY 26-28

Gregg Russell ConcertsGregg Russell Concerts:  7:30-9 p.m. Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28, 147 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island. Over the years, Gregg Russell has become a Sea Pines classic. You’ll find him under the famed Liberty Oak, entertaining adults and children alike, and his concerts are not to be missed. Free. For additional information, visit


MAY 27

“Spring Swing for Charity” Golf Tournament: Saturday, May 27, Dolphin Head Golf Club, Hilton Head Island. The Hilton Head Firefighters Association, a nonprofit organization, will hold its annual “Spring Swing for Charity” Golf Tournament presented by ServPro. The event will include an 18-hole Captain’s Choice format including lunch and awards. Since its inception, the HHFA has given more than $500,000 to local charities. To register or for more information, contact Kyle Ramsey at or Lance Beadling at

MAY 23-25

SoBA Class “Taking Plein Air”: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 23-Thursday, May 25, SoBA Center for Creative Arts, 8 Church  St., Bluffton. This workshop is geared toward intermediate and advanced artists who are striving to take their work to a new level. Artists will receive challenging group and individualized instruction in studio painting. There will be short lectures and demos in the mornings. The remainder of the day will be spent painting. Instruction will be with oils; however, all mediums are welcome. To register, call 843-247-2868 or go to

MAY 27

“Bowman Bound” Premiere Music Festival: 3 p.m. Saturday, May 27, Yonder Field, 180 Log Cabin Road, Bowman. Yonder Field is pleased to announce the first music festival to be held at the new outdoor venue space. “Bowman Bound” will bring a variety of musical acts to Yonder Field for one incredible day and night. Enjoy low ticket prices as an affordable way to introduce Yonder Field to everyone. And kick it all off on Memorial Day weekend! For more information, visit

MAY 27-28

9th annual Hilton Head Art Festival and Craft Marketplace: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 27-28  Shelter Cove Harbour. Collectors and art lovers will find something for everyone from 100 national artists and craft artisans during free, two-day event. One hundred national artists are set to display their fine works in a prestigious show encompassing fine jewelry, exquisite works of art and handcrafted apparel and decor. The festival also includes a full craft market with handmade organic soaps, live plants, tasty edibles, affordable and practical artisan-created works and more. For additional information, visit or call 561-746-6615.

MAY 28

American tributeThe Hilton Head Choral Society presents “America Sings!”: 7 p.m. Sunday, May 28, First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island. What better way to kick off the summer than with a concert that celebrates our freedom? It’s an evening that will make you feel proud to be an American and grateful for those who have served. Be sure to get your tickets early; this concert will sell out. All seating is reserved. Order through the choral society's website at, or by phone at 843-341-3818.

MAY 29

SandboxSandbox at the Stables: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, May 29, Sea Pines Resort, 32Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island. Join us on Memorial Day for the annual Sandbox at the Stables event! There will be live music, games, exhibitions, pony rides, concessions and more. Admission is $5 and tickets for concessions and other activities are sold separately. For additional information, visit or



Pockets Full of Sunshine “Fun in the Sun for Everyone”: 1-3 p.m. Thursday, June 1, in front of Marriott’s Surf Watch on Hilton Head Island. Special-needs members and families of all ages and abilities are invited to join in this annual event. “Fun in the Sun for Everyone” will give special-needs children, adults and their families the opportunity to enjoy the beach in a safe and inclusive setting. Activities will include paddleboarding, boogie boarding, surfing, beach games and relaxation. Lifeguards and volunteers will be included in the event to ensure a safe environment for all. Adult/caregiver supervision is required for all attendees. Shuttles from the parking lot to beach will be provided. Beach access is wheelchair accessible. For more information, sponsorship opportunities and registration instructions, visit Registration is requested by May 26, but can be taken until the day of the event.

JUNE 6-7

SOBA Class “Drawing for Artists”: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, and Wednesday, June 7, SoBA Center for Creative Arts, 8 Church St., Bluffton. This is a class for all artists. Drawing is the foundation for any painting. When something just isn’t right, it is probably the drawing. All that is needed for this class are drawing pencils, charcoal, kneaded eraser, and a big pad of paper. To register for the class, call 843-247-2868 or go to

JUNE 15-AUG. 17

Shelter Cove Towne Centre Movie Nights in the Park: 9 p.m. Thursday nights, June 15-Aug. 17, Shelter Cove Community Park. Rain or shine, after the sun sets over Broad Creek join us waterside at Shelter Cove Community Park for a summer full of blockbuster hits. Watch all your favorites under the stars on a 20-foot movie screen. Free. Beach chairs, blankets and take-out food from Shelter Cove Towne Centre merchants are recommended. For the movie schedule and more information, visit


Music & Taste on the Harbour: 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, through May 18, Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Dance the night away on Thursday nights at Shelter Cove Harbour! This exciting seasonal event combines the best local bands with delicious food and drinks. Now in its ninth season, the spring outdoor concert series will feature a variety of bands on Thursday nights throughout this spring. Featured Shelter Cove Harbour restaurants will set up as usual around the Neptune statue and will offer a variety of specially priced light appetizers, wine, beer and cocktails. Limited seating will be provided, so you are encouraged to bring your own chair. Visit for the concert schedule and more details.

Welcome Exhibition and Happy Hour Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina: 5:30 p.m. Monday nights through October, 1 Harbourside Lane, Hilton Head Island. Tennis staff members and guests gather over cocktails to watch the pros play on Centre Court in Palmetto Dunes. Free. Visit for more information.

Candace Whittemore Lovely Special Exhibition: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, the French Bakery, Shelter Cove Towne Centre, 28 Shelter Cove Lane #120, Hilton Head Island. Candace Whittemore Lovely, an American impressionist painter known for her pleasing and peaceful views of American life, introduces “IRISES after Vincent Van Gogh” on debris logs from Hurricane Matthew.  Lovely is most renowned for painting Barbara Bush’s original White House portrait. Her entire collection can be viewed at

Farmers Market of Bluffton: 1-6 p.m. Thursdays, 1271 May River Road, Bluffton. The market is now open, with additional public parking provided by the town of Bluffton. We’ll be adding an artisan showcase on the first Thursday of every month to highlight a handful of local artists and their incredible Lowcountry craftsmanship. Keep an eye out for fabulous new food and farm vendors this year and find your next favorite thing. Read food, real people, real close. For more information, go to

Savannah Culinary Tour: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Savannah Historic District, Savannah. Explore Savannah’s deep association with fine food and drink in a two-and-a-half-hour tour that offers tastes of the very best of the Hostess City’s delectable cuisine. Join your certified tour guide on an afternoon journey that is delicious, informative and fun. Cost for adults is $49, military is $45, and $39 for children 12 and younger. Reservations required. For more information, go to or call 912-604-3007.

The Town of Hilton Head Island seeks volunteers to serve on the Culture and Arts Advisory Committee: The mission of this new committee is to work actively and collaboratively with the town's culture and arts network director to achieve goals. Applicants should be aware that this will be a highly active working committee that will likely meet more than once a month during business hours. Preferred applicants will have experience in local entertainment, arts, culture, and heritage endeavors, or other professional qualifications helpful to fulfilling the committee's mission. Apply online at or call 843-341-4604. Please submit a resume with your application.

Spring Sports at Island Recreation Center: Registration is ongoing. There is still time to register for spring sports at Island Recreation Center. Call 843-681-7273 or visit for additional information.

May River Expedition by Coastal Discovery Museum: 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 30. This two-hour exploration of Bluffton’s May River aboard research vessel Spartina will be led by marine biologist  Capt. Amber Kuehn. Participants will observe nature up close with a display of live organisms. A scientific explanation will accompany a trip through this scenic river and salt marsh. From microscopic animals to dolphins, the possibilities are endless. Cost is $40 for adults, and $30 for children ages 12 and younger. Reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or going to

Birding at Pinckney Island by Coastal Discovery Museum: 8-10 a.m. May 3, 11, 18 and 24, Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. The spring bird-watching program at Pinckney Island is led by experienced bird watchers from the Coastal Discover Museum. The walk will include the combination of habitats at Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. Space is limited to 15, ages 12 and older only. Participants are asked to bring their own binoculars and the program will be canceled in case of rain. The program is $12 per person and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or going to

Meditation + Yoga: 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Hilton Head Library. Group meditation is a great way to get support and develop a mindfulness routine for a brand-new, spotty or longtime practice. Sit in silence for 30 minutes. New to the program is that the meditation is to be followed by a 45-minute yoga session, to draw from heightened awareness to practice mindful movement. For meditation, use a chair or bring a cushion; for yoga, bring your mat. Free. For more information contact Lauren Read at 843-255-6531, or

Sweetgrass Basket Making Classes: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, May 13 and 27, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island, with a temporary entrance on U.S. 278 eastbound between Spanish Wells and Gumtree roads. Learn about the history of the sweetgrass basket, one of the Lowcountry’s best known art forms, from a local Gullah basket maker.  Then, try your hand at starting a basket of your own using locally found natural materials. The cost is $65 for adults and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or going to

Dolphin Research Excursion by Coastal Discovery Museum: 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays in May.The excursion will study acoustic communications between resident dolphins in the May River. While researchers from Dr. Eric Montie’s lab at the University of South Carolina Beaufort visually identify and record dolphin vocalizations, marine biologist Capt. Amber Kuehn will share what we have learned about these fascinating cetaceans. Cost is $55 per person, ages 10 and older only, and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, ext. 223 or going to

Lowcountry Critters with Joe Maffo at the Museum: 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through May 5, Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive. This casual “meet and greet” will help participants to learn more about the alligators, snakes, turtles and other critters that share Hilton Head Island with us. Joe Maffo with Critter Management will bring along some of his “friends” to share with everyone. Visitors can stop by various stations to meet the different types of animals on site. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and older; those younger than 5 get in free. No reservations are required.

Monday Night Exhibitions: 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 28, Sea Pines Racquet Club, 5 Lighthouse Lane, Hilton Head Island. Join in for an exciting tennis demonstration with valuable tips, refreshments, prize drawings, and our traditional fishbowl sale. For additional information, please contact the Sea Pines Racquet Club at 843-363-4495.

Freshwater Fishing: 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sea Pines Resort, 32 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island. Enjoy a relaxing morning by the beautiful lakes of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve while fishing. Supplies are provided. Reservations are required; contact 843-842-1979. Cost is $19 for adults, $14 for children ages 12 and younger. For additional information, visit

Golf Croquet & Clinic: 10 a.m. clinic on Wednesdays; Sea Pines Resort, 11 Lighthouse Lane, Hilton Head Island, Enjoy playing golf croquet on our immaculate lawn adjacent to the Harbour Town Clubhouse, with equipment available throughout the day. Reservations required; contact 843-842-1979. Cost is $11 per person. For additional information, visit

Live Jazz at ELA’s Blu Water Grille: 7 p.m. nightly and 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. during Sunday brunch, ELA's Blu Water Grille, Shelter Cove Harbour, 1 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island. For a schedule and more information, visit

The Jazz Corner: Nightly concerts at 8 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m., The Village at Wexford C-1, Hilton Head Island. The Jazz Corner's intimate, elegant atmosphere is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening of world-class entertainment enhanced by our innovative Southern menu and personal, attentive service. For concert schedules and more information, visit or call 843-842-8620.

First Books of Beaufort in Need of Volunteers: First Books of Beaufort holds story hours at Title I schools and distributes over 750 books each month to 4-year-olds to take home. The organization is in need of volunteers to read at three locations on Hilton Head Island. Volunteers can chose a time, date, and school convenient for them once per month. For more information or to volunteer, go to or email

Tea Time at Rose Hill Mansion: 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Rose Hill Mansion, 199 Rose Hill Way, Bluffton. Experience afternoon tea at the most beautiful plantation house in the Lowcountry. Selections include custom crafted teas, elegant finger sandwiches, and heavenly desserts. Small groups or large groups are welcome Cost is $40 per person. Call Lou Anne Takach to book your tea time at 843-757-6046.

Golf Clinics for all Ages: Times vary, Country Club of Hilton Head. Group and individual golf programs for adults and juniors led by PGA professional Jeff Picus of Excel and Enjoy Golf Academy, To learn more or to register for any of these programs, contact Picus at 843-295-8888 or email

Volunteer Biking Ambassadors Needed: The Hilton Head Island Bicycle Advisory Committee is seeking individuals to help foster a welcoming environment and enhance safety on Hilton Head Island bike paths. Volunteer bike ambassadors provide directions, maps, safety tips and flyers to visiting cyclists. Bike Ambassador volunteers will work primarily during the busy summer season from May 28 to Aug. 6. All volunteers must attend a training session held on May 10 or June 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Palmetto Dunes Fire Station. For more information contact Carmen Oliver at

Spring Fitness Classes at the HHI Senior Center: The Hilton Head Island Senior Center, 70 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite L, Hilton Head Island. Several fitness classes are offered this spring. Work on stretching, strengthening and toning with morning exercise and total body fitness classes. Also offered is a combination tai chi and yoga class and an advanced line dancing class. A new program is the senior “Forever Fit” class, available at the Reebok CrossFit facility on New Orleans Road. There is a fitness class that’s right for you!  Call us at 843-785-6444 for details on the various classes and to register, or go to for additional details.


Hilton Head Preparatory School Summer Camps: May 30-July 28, Hilton Head Preparatory School. Hilton Head Preparatory School Summer Programs provide an opportunity for every camper to develop skills and interests in a variety of areas. Enrollment is open to all in the community and camp are co-ed unless otherwise noted. Enrollment is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, contact Liz Nash at 843-290-8805 or visit

Society of Bluffton Artists Summer Art Camp: 9-11 a.m. Mondays-Fridays in three summer camp sessions: from June 12-16, June 19-23 and July 10-14 at the Center for Creative Arts located next to the SoBA Gallery on Church Street in Old Town Bluffton. This summer, children will have a chance to learn the styles and techniques of such famous artists as Pablo Picasso’s cubism, Salvador Dali’s surrealism, George Braque’s collage and Andy Warhol’s pop art printmaking during “Art with the Masters” summer camp. The camp is designed for children ages 7-14. The cost is $100 per child per week. Registration is limited to 14 students per session. Parents are asked not to send their children with a lunch; drinks only. Supplies will be provided. Scholarships are available by sending a written request to Sandra Wenig, PO Box 1972, Bluffton, SC 29910. To register, call 843-247-2868 or register online at

Bluffton School of Dance: “Save the Day in Adventure Bay,” “Party like a Princess,” “Fight like a Jedi,” “Soar Higher with New Cheers and Stunts” and so much more. With seven weeks of summer camps and two full months of summer classes, there is something special and unique for every Lowcountry dancer ages 2 and older. Summer classes begin at $55 per month and summer camps at $70 a month. Email for more info or register online at

Alliance Dance Academy: Registration is ongoing. Alliance Dance Academy, 21 Scott Way, Bluffton. Join us this summer for fun-filled days of crafts, books, movies and, of course, dance! There will be a different theme each week. Bring your lunch and a drink and we will supply the snacks. Summer classes also are available for creative movement, ballet, tumbling, jazz, tap and hip-hop. Ages 2½ and older. Cost is $200 for the first camp per person, with a 10 percent discount on each additional camp per person. Each week is filled with activities based on the theme of the camp. To register or for more information, visit www.alliancedanceacademy.comor call 843-757-8277.

Station 300 Kids Bowl Free Summer Program: May 1- Sept. 5, Buckwalter Place Shopping Center, 25 Innovation Drive, Bluffton. Kids bowl two free games every day! Fill your summer days with fun at the state-of-the-art arcade with 40 games and a redemption prize center. Finish the day off at the snack bar and Zeppelin’s Bar & Grill featuring plenty of seating indoors and an outdoor patio. Hours vary. Register at Go to for more information or call 843-815-2695, ext.3.

IJGA Summer Camp: Weekly sessions beginning June 5 through Aug. 7. Train like a pro this summer. With a team of world-class professionals dedicated to developing junior golfers, at International Junior Golf Academy you’ll get the right technical, tactical, mental and physical training to accomplish amazing things this summer and beyond. IJGA’s unique program delivers customized golf training and competition by director Jonathan Yarwood in a close, family environment on Hilton Head. For more information, go to or call 843-264-7448.

Coastal Carolina Camp (ages 7 and older) at Shelter Cove Marina: A fun, engaging adventurer day camp. Daily activities may include kayaking, crabbing, water trampoline, environmental discovery and beachcombing. Plus lots of games that provide a great introduction to the Carolina salt marsh ecosystem and loads of fun. Cost is $125 per child per two-day session. For more information, visit or call 800-686-6996.

Kids N’ Clay Camp: 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. June 12-15 and June 23, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. Students ages 7-12 will learn a variety of ceramic hand building techniques including pinch, slab, coil, surface decoration, glazing, and more. No class Friday, June 16, to fire clay pieces in the kiln; students return June 23 to glaze the work. Pieces will be fired a second time and available for pick-up the following week. Tuition is $115. Online registration is required. For more information, contact Alana Adams at or visit

Theatre Camp: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 19-23 or July 24-28. Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. Campers ages 9-14 will make a cast of new friends during this fun-filled week! Campers will experience a mini-production and will not only be the cast, but will also be the production crew. Kids will learn how to write scripts, understand and develop characters, and create sets, props, and design costumes. Tuition is $210; online registration is required. For more information, contact Alana Adams at or visit

Take the Stage! Performing Arts Camp: 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for ages 6-8; 12:45 p.m.-3 p.m. for ages 9-13 on June 26-30 or July 10-14, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. Join us as we explore music, dance and drama in this one-week camp. Students will work with professional artists and will be exposed to a variety of performing art forms in our Black Box Theatre and will create a mini showcase performance on Friday. Tuition is $110, and online registration is required. For more information, contact Alana Adams at or visit

Mixed- Up Masterpieces Visual Arts Camp: 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m., ages 9-13; 12:45 p.m.-3 p.m., ages 6-8; June 26-30 or July 10-14, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. In this one-week camp, students will study folk and fine art from all around the world that will inspire both traditional and unusual 2-D and 3-D masterpieces. A mini-showcase exhibit/reception will be held on Friday. Tuition is $110; online registration is required. For more information, contact Alana Adams at or visit

STEAM Camp: 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m.July 31- Aug. 4, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head. STEAM Summer Camp is an exciting and hands-on learning opportunity for youth ages 9-14, with a special emphasis on the STEAM curriculum areas — science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. During this fun-filled week, campers will learn about concepts such as vibrations, circuits, forces of motion, simple machines, and electromagnetism while creating projects that will have them eager to learn more!  Projects will include a “robot” that draws, tiny dancing sculptures made with homopolar motors, pendulum paintings, kinetic sculptures and “circuit bugs”. Tuition is $115, and online registration is required. For more information, contact Alana Adams at or visit

Guardian Angels Sitting Service: Guardian Angels Sitting Service is a child care, elderly companion and pet-sitting referral agency, servicing the Lowcountry and the surrounding areas. We provide baby-sitters and activity coordinators to families, hotels, rental properties, churches, small and large company functions, weddings, camps, clubs, plantations and resorts. We can develop, plan and manage an activities program, kids’ night out, day camps, holiday craft events and weeklong summer camps for your company. For more information, call 877-470-4277, ext. 4.

Art Cafe Kids Night Out: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, Art Cafe, 5 Lagoon Road. Kids will have so much fun at the Art Cafe! During Kids Night Out, your child will paint two pottery projects, play games and eat dinner with other kids. While the kids are having fun, the adults can enjoy a relaxing night downstairs at Rockfish Seafood and Steaks. Call 843-785-5525 for more details and to reserve your child’s spot.